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Masonic Lodge’s Trunk or Treat Sunday

By Staff | Oct 20, 2015

A Cape Coral fraternal organization is again hosting a Halloween event for local families.

The Cape Coral Masonic Lodge 367 will hold Trunk or Treat 2015 Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the lodge, at 244 Santa Barbara Blvd. Free and open to the public, it will provide parents and children with a safe trick-or-treating opportunity and feature a haunted house, car show, activities, games and more.

Matt Hannam, event organizer, explained that it is the second year for the event.

“We thought it would be fun,” he said of initiating it. “It’s a good community involvement thing, outreach for the lodge, too – we wanted to do something that was good for the kids.”

Hannam is anticipating a crowd of approximately 2,000 this year.

“We had easily over 1,000 people last year,” he said.

Aimed at toddlers to early middle school-aged children, the event is free to the public.

“It doesn’t cost anything,” Hannam said.

Attendees, however, are asked to bring at least one canned good or non-perishable food item for donation to a food drive. The items will be given to the Cape Coral Caring Center for the holidays.

“We wanted to support a Cape Coral food bank,” he said. “We’re about our community.”

At Trunk or Treat, children will visit the vehicles of various lodge members, their family and their friends to receive free candy. Families should bring their own bags for their children to use.

“The kids will go from car to car, and they’ll get candy from each,” Hannam said.

Some of the vehicles will be decorated for Halloween, and the children will get to vote on their favorite. First, second and third place trophies will be handed out for the Kid’s Choice Award.

There will be a haunted house on site that Boy Scout Troop 4 helped build.

“We’ve been working on that for a couple of weeks now,” he said, adding that this year’s house is quadruple the size of last year’s one to accommodate for the expected increase in attendance.

A costume parade for the children will be held at about 4 p.m.

“There’ll be face painting and a few kid-friendly games,” Hannam said.

The Southwest Florida Military Museum and Library will have its traveling bus on site, and the Cape Fire Department will have a truck there. Cape police will bring its SWAT vehicle and maybe motorcycles.

The Lee County Port Authority also plans to attend.

“Their K-9 Unit will be there,” he said.

For even more fun, the Araba Shriners will bring their “Tin Lizzies” – tiny vehicles.

Organizers urges local families to come check it out.

“It’s a good opportunity. It’s a safe environment. There’s lots of fun things that kids would be interested in,” Hannam said. “It’s for the kids, but it’s something that anybody could have fun attending.”

The lodge is accepting donations of new unopened candy for the event.

“I’m hoping to have about 30,000 pieces when it’s all said and done,” he said.

To donate, stop by the lodge or contact Matt Hannam at (239) 898-4952.

The lodge is also seeking new members.

For more information, contact the Cape Coral Masonic Lodge 367 at (239) 574-2122.